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Re: THEORY: Sound changes in literate societies

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Friday, July 5, 2002, 1:49
Thomas Leigh scripsit:

> I'm curious: what exactly do you mean by "still in common use in > manuscript form until the 16th century"? I have never heard of Ogham > being used in manuscripts, nor of it being in common use so late.
I was referring to marginalia, not whole manuscripts (!). I think one would get awfully tired writing a whole MS in Ogham.
> Again, you've got me sitting straight up in my chair, John! I've never > heard of any variety of runic script being in "steady use" until the > 19th century!
Well, my immediate source is the Unicode Standard, which is online at; the relevant piece is and its references are at I will go inquire on the Unicode and Qalam lists. -- John Cowan At times of peril or dubitation, Perform swift circular ambulation, With loud and high-pitched ululation.